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Fraser
2005-Sep-22, 08:51 AM
SUMMARY: Astronomers have used the accuracy of the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) to pinpoint the distance to a pulsar. The object, called PSR B0656+14, was previously thought to be up to 2,500 light-years away but it was at the same location in the sky as a supernova remnant which is only 1,000 light years away. This was thought to be a coincidence, but the new measurement from the VLBA pegs the pulsar at 950 light years away; the same distance as the remnant - they were both created by the same supernova blast.

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